Borough Insight

Fly tipping horror

It's a subject we have highlighted before in eborough Insight; if you employ someone to dispose of your rubbish and they then fly tip it, it could be you ending up with a fine.Image: fly tipping Surrey Environment Partnership

Last week the subject was featured in the BBC show Fake Britain. A lady had seen an advert on social media and had paid of household rubbish to be removed. A month later the lady received notification from her council as the rubbish had been dumped a few streets away (literally in the street) and she was threatened with a huge bill.

If you’re having work done on your home and someone else is taking your waste away, all you need to do is:

  1. check online if your trader is registered before you employ them

  2. obtain a receipt for any waste taken away by a trader.

You should be particularly vigilant if a door-to-door trader offers to take your waste away.

The council offers a bulk waste collection service for all residents at a very reasonable cost.

Fly-tipping is a blight on the environment and expensive for the taxpayer who ultimately pays for it to be cleared up. That’s why in Surrey 100% of fly-tippers who go to court are convicted. Punishment can result in a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison.

You can find out all you need to know about fly-tipping in Surrey, including how to report it where you live, on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

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